BOULDER — Almost like a boxer that crosses over weight classes, Broomfield sophomore Meghan Vogt has now gotten a taste of what the best of the best have to offer in two of Colorado's three classifications for girls golf.
As a freshman last spring, Vogt tied for seventh in Class 3A while playing for Holy Family. Transferring to nearby Broomfield in the offseason, Vogt completed her sophomore season on Tuesday by finishing in a five-way tie for third at the 5A state championships.
Even while she completed the rare accomplishment of placing top 10 in two different classifications, Vogt was often visibly frustrated with her play. The Eagles sophomore is extremely competitive and likely won't ever be truly satisfied until a state tournament concludes with her as the victor.
"I'm happy about it, I guess," Vogt said. "I got seventh at state last year in 3A and there's so much different competition and different people here in 5A. I think third is pretty good for me. I think I can do better next year."
Vogt opened Day 2 of the state tournament in a four-way tie for fourth place at 3-over. On Tuesday's final round, she finished 5-over for the day and 8-over for the tournament. That landed Vogt in a five-way tie for third place with Fossil Ridge's Leigha Devine, Cherry Creek's Payton Canon, Fairview's Kelsey Webster and Regis Jesuit's Katie Berrian.
At the end of a tournament that featured quite a bit of shake-up in terms of who was expected to win, Vogt finished ahead of both last year's state champion and runner-up. Still, allowing herself to pick up a combined six strokes on the same two holes over her two rounds wasn't acceptable in Vogt's mind.
"It didn't really please my standard going 2-under through 12 the first day and then letting 13 and 14 kill me both days," Vogt said. "I blew up on both. The first day, I couldn't get up and down. The second day, I think I just got in my head and was thinking, 'Oh, I just doubled them yesterday. Don't do it again.' Then of course, I do it again."
With Broomfield sending a four-player team to the state tournament for the first time since moving up to 5A, Vogt and the Eagles finished tenth as a team. Lauren Hirsch placed 43rd with a two-round score of 181, Anna Roh tied for 60th at 189 and Nicole Fatovic tied for 69th at 195.
"Tying for third place, Meghan is our first all-state 5A player," Eagles head coach Tony Ferraro said. "That's amazing. I love it. I'm so proud of her. I'm proud of all of our girls because it's tough when we play at 4,600, 4,700, 4,800 yards all season and now come to 6,000 yards. Some of our girls just aren't used to that. They battled and to take top 10 in 5A, I'm thrilled."
Legacy's Mia Blackard tied for 62nd place with a two-day score of 190. Monarch's Yulim Kim took 75th with a two-day final of 200.
Class 5A girls golf state championships
At Boulder Country Club, par 72
Team scores — Cherry Creek 243-235-478, Grandview 241-239-480, Fossil Ridge 249-245-494, Regis Jesuit 240-262-502, Ralston Valley 254-252-506, Rock Canyon 254-254-507, Highlands Ranch 251-257-508, Arvada West 252-260-512, ThunderRidge 255-259-514, Broomfield 258-264-522, Columbine 261-268-529, Denver East 264-273-537, Arapahoe 271-267-538, Legend 278-278-556, Eaglecrest 284-294-578,
Top individuals — 1. Emma Bryant, Eaglecrest, 73-70-143; 2. Morgan Ryan, Grandview, 77-73-150; t3. Leigha Devine, Fossil Ridge, 78-74-152; t3. Payton Canon, Cherry Creek, 75-77-152; t3. Meghan Vogt, Broomfield, 75-77-152; t3. Katie Berrian, Regis Jesuit, 70-82-152; t3. Kelsey Webster, Fairview, 71-81-152; 8. Amy Chitkoksoong, Grandview, 75-78-153; 9. Jenna Chun, Highlands Ranch, 75-79-154; 10. Brandy McClain, Rock Canyon, 77-78-155.
Other Broomfield results — 43. Lauren Hirsch 90-91-181; t60. Anna Roh 93-96-189; t69. Nicole Fatovic 94-101-195.
Legacy results — t62. Mia Blackard 91-99-190.
Monarch results — 75. Yulim Kim 102-98-200.